Environmental Education

NRS engages the community in myriad Environmental Education projects ranging from in-classroom school offerings to public workshops and outreach. Projects aim to engage and educate local residents and students about water conservation, salmonid stream health and storm water runoff through tools such as rain barrel water catchment, rain gardens, low impact development (LID) and best managment practices (BMP), water quality testing, and other hands-on educational exercises. 

Through Explore the Coast State Coastal Conservancy funding, NRS will be launching several concurrent projects in the near future. NRS will once again be able to promote south Eureka’s Hikshari’ Trail with a popular family-friendly ‘Explore the Coast’ event featuring free boating and environmental education activities. During school year 2016-2017, NRS will be working with Eureka High School (EHS) students in the development of a QUEST (natural and cultural history scavenger hunt with patch prizes) for the Hikshari’ Trail. Furthermore, EHS students will be assisting on the development of a series of ‘Explore the Coast’ film shorts highlighting natural and cultural aspects along the Eureka Waterfront Trail for a newly launched web application for the California Coastal Trail.

Related Projects

Stormwater is a significant source of pollution to our watersheds.

Photo of an installed rain barrel at Union Street Charter School in Arcata, CA.

Through a Department of Fish and Wildlife grant, NRS visited classrooms in the 2015/2016 school year at public schools throughout the Mad River and Eureka Plain watersheds with our Droughtbuste